At first glance, I thought this was going to be yet another YA insta-love romance. I was incredibly wrong… Never once have I loved a werewolf story this much! The combination of this great story with some amazing narrators made this experience unforgettable. And when I say amazing narrators, I mean it. Jenna Lamia and David LeDoux are so freakin’ talented! Not once do I think I have been so wrapped up in an audiobook.
I definitely was a little turned off at first by what seemed to be “insta-love” but upon further examination, I realized that it was more of a mutual curiosity/fascination between the two. That curiosity developed into a deep love: one that I found both believable and interesting. Not only did Sam and Grace have a very cute relationship, it was also extremely sexy at times. Maggie did a wonderful job making Sam a super sweet, sexy, and loyal male lead. It was easy to fall for him right along with Grace. Their struggle to be together really amped up the tension in this book, and at times I just felt so sorry for their situation… It was a combination of this struggle and Maggie’s writing that made this book so stunning.
Maggie’s graceful writing made it easy to savor every moment… For example:
"As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air." – Maggie Stiefvater
There were bits like that in every chapter. Maggie’s writing is very emotionally-charged, but not once did I ever tire of it.
Overall, this was a great book! If you are a fan of werewolves and YA romance then reading this is a must! I highly recommend this audiobook. Nothing beats listening to Maggie’s poetic writing. I cannot wait to listen to Linger and continue this great love story!!
This book is wonderful. I thought it might be too much like "Twilight", and I'd get tired of werewolves, but it was totally different. Highly recommended.
Narration: Great! The male and female narrators were great, and it was obvious when one was reading the other gender's part.
I enjoyed Shiver, but I didn't fall in love with it the way I did with The Scorpio Races. I think it was a bit too young for my taste. And, I'll admit, I was a little distracted by the narrators. They did a fantastic job, but I'd recently listened to other books where their characters were decidedly not innocent, young Grace and Sam (though there's probably not a lot of crossover reading between novels like Freedom and Shiver). I was hoping for more of the sweeping, magical story line of Stiefvater's other work, where this is simply a nice YA fantasy.
I very much liked the author's take on werewolves and the sort of reverse angles the story plays out from. There were plenty of interesting aspects to both main character's lives. It's a sweet love story and a good listen, I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA romance.
The different characters
When Sam and grace meet
No, but I plan to
Cry... Really sweet book
I love this book it's a good change from vampires
I love books!
Shiver is a different kind of werewolf story. In this story young werewolves get to be human during the warmer months of the year and are werewolves for the winter. It is primarily a story of Sam the werewolf and Grace the teenager that was bitten bitten by wolves when she was a very young child but never turned into a wolf. She is very attached to watching the wolves that live near her home....most of all one beautiful wolf with amber eyes...Sam. I do not want to give the story away but Grace and Sam get to know each other when he is forced into his human form during the colder part of the year. I think this is a very well done YA story
One really small thing I really loved in the book is at one point Sam is reciting part of a poem by Rilke. The scene only lasts for a few minutes but I liked Sams reading of the poem so much that I searched on Audible for readings of Rilke but the narrators of Rilke poems on Audible are not as good as David LeDoux.
I enjoyed the brief interview with Maggie Steivater after the book and I wish more authors would share their own thoughts on the books they write.
I believe I will read the other books in this series but I will wait a while before I start book 2
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
I had decided to get this audiobook after reading and see so many other bloggers talk about it. And I have been looking for a new series to get into. Honestly, I don't think I have ever read a werewolf book before. (Except Twilight and that series) I am a vampire reader mostly.
This book did not live up to the hype for me. I have problems with the overall story mostly. As a non teen I'd keep saying to myself.."Really? If you were older you wouldn't think that?" to all of Grace's thoughts toward Sam. I understand young love. I have been there, done that, and had fun with it but this is not just some guy she met at the mall. This is a werewolf and she knows it. Really? I have a hard time getting my reality around that. (YES! I know it is a werewolf story and it's not real. Just play along please. :) ) I was not thrilled at how easy they fell for each other and the sleeping together either. I know I am showing my age.
Something about teenage girls giving up their friends, and their families for a guy seems so 1900's to me. Women don't do that anymore. Do we? When she finds out that her BFF is missing and might have been bitten she does nothing about it until she gets a phone call from her asking for help. This is your BFF Grace! You guys are suppose to be like sisters and when some guy comes along you kick her to the curb. Remember BALANCE!
It was not all bad. I loved the authors use of smell and making it important to the characters. She did a great job of not forgetting the characters traits and used them very well to develop them fully.
As the the narrators of this audiobook, the young lady reading Grace, Jenna Lamia she did an outstanding job. EXCELLENT! I loved her teenage voice and the pace at which she changed her reading for the different characters. The gentleman reading Sam, was non other that David LeDoux from Water For Elephants audiobook. And I have to say that yet again I have the same thoughts on his work. He reads the characters really well but his reading of a female voice needs work. The audiobook would have benefited greatly by having them read the right voice for the right character. (ie Sam read his chapter and when Grace speaks let Jenna read that line in her voice.)
Is it strange that I would rather have a connection with a wild wolf than a love struck teenager? This made it hard to connect with the main character. The female narrator was quite good, but I did not care for the male. The story was good, though not all that original. Overall I enjoyed it.
I love this book! The girl who reads for Grace is excellent, but the boy reading for Sam had a pretty nasally voice. It was kind of driving me crazy. But the storyline is great and I can't wait to read and/or listen to the next one!
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
nicely done. great characters with a real sense of young love without idiocy. Realistic despite the wherewolf connection.And likable. You root for them and the storyline is not plain stupid (like many recent ones i won't name now). No, it's not shakespeare or anything, but it's a good story without falling into the traps of the genre. And really one of the more intelligent teen romances i've read in some time...